MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Wes Obermueller found out he was starting
against the Florida Marlins about an hour before the game.
That was more than enough time for the Milwaukee Brewers
Obermueller gave up two hits in seven shutout innings to earn
his first win in almost 11 weeks with a 6-4 victory Friday night.
"I think it was just their plan of trying to help me, to just
get back to the basics," Obermueller said. "So if I can go out
and do this every time without anyone telling me, I don't want them
to tell me every time."
Obermueller (4-6) took the place of Chris Capuano, who was
scratched just before the game with a sore left forearm.
Obermueller didn't allow a runner past second base, and held the
Marlins hitless for the first four innings while winning for the
first time since beating San Diego on May 29.
"A huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders," Obermueller
The start was Obermueller's longest of the season, and his
second since being recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Aug. 6.
Last Saturday, he gave up four earned runs and six hits in just one
inning against the Marlins en route to his fifth straight loss.
"That's a big bounce back for him," Brewers manager Ned Yost
said. "Probably his worst start of his career last time against
the Marlins to arguably one of his best starts of his career. He
was as good as he can be tonight."
Marlins manager Jack McKeon couldn't see much of a difference
between the two starts -- other than the performance of his
"I don't know what ... to say anymore," he said. "I give up.
It's almost, 'Which team is going to show up tonight?' And it's the
same hitters. I am looking for a spark."
Dan Kolb pitched the ninth for his 33rd save in 35 chances.
Russell Branyan and Lyle Overbay each hit two-run homers for the
Brewers, who won for just the third time in 10 games.
Alex Gonzalez homered for the Marlins, who lost for the third
time in four games and fell to two games under .500 at 56-58.
"We're our own enigma," said third baseman Mike Lowell, who
did not start after getting hit in the knee by a ball during
batting practice. "I wish I knew what it was."
Florida's Ismael Valdez (10-7) entered the game 3-0 with a 0.86
ERA against Milwaukee this season, but the Brewers solved him
Valdez's string of 17 shutout innings against Milwaukee ended in
the third, when the Brewers scored twice.
Bill Hall hit a leadoff single and scored two batters later when
Branyan launched a 405-foot homer to center.
The Brewers made it 4-0 in the fifth when Branyan singled with
two outs and Overbay followed with a line-drive homer down the
The Brewers added another run in the seventh on Bennett's
Florida got back into it in the eighth, when the Marlins scored
four times off reliever Mike Adams. Gonzalez hit a leadoff homer,
Miguel Cabrera had an RBI single and Damion Easley hit a two-run
Easley replaced Lowell in the lineup. Lowell struck out as
a pinch hitter in the ninth after fouling a pitch off the same leg
he injured before the game. He had four hits in his last 40
at-bats. "I heard it's Friday the 13th, so that's pretty
positive," Lowell said jokingly. Lowell said he wants to play
Saturday. ... C Paul Lo Duca won't play Saturday due to a left
thumb injury, McKeon said. ... RHP Armando Benitez (right elbow
inflammation) came off the disabled list to pitch a scoreless
eighth for Florida. He hadn't pitched since July 22. ... Top
Brewers prospect LHP Jorge de la Rosa will make his first major
league start Saturday after being called up to replace injured RHP
Brooks Kieschnick (right shoulder tendinitis).